10 Igbo Legends That Have Put The Tribe Well High On The Map

By KayCee July 25, 2015 10:22

There is every need to celebrate the potentialities of Igbo Sons and Daughters that have created ICONIC folder in the sands of time.

Hence, Obindigbo.com.ng bring to you top 10 Igbo Men and Women that have made the Igbos proud of their tribe and have really done a great job in putting the race on the map.

See below:

Chinue Achebe

Chinua Achebe is a Nigerian novelist and author of Things Fall Apart, a work that in part led to his being called the “patriarch of the African novel.”achebe

Born in Nigeria in 1930, Chinua Achebe attended the University of Ibadan. In 1958, his groundbreaking novel Things Fall Apart was published. It went on to sell more than 12 million copies and been translated into more than 50 languages. Achebe later served as the David and Marianna Fisher University professor and professor of Africana Studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He died on March 21, 2013, at age 82, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Regarded as an iconoclassic personality died on March 21, 2013 (aged 82).

Charles Chinedu Okeahalam

Charles Chinedu Okeahalam (born 31 March 1963) is a Nigerian economist and businessman. Born in London, England, he holds dual Nigerian and British citizenship. Prior to co–founding the investment firm AGH Capital Group in 2002, he was a professor of banking and finance at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Charles Chinedu Okeahalam

Prof. Chuba Okadigbo

A great man reputed to inventing modern vocabulary, using igbo configuration

Dr. Chuba Wilberforce Okadigbo (December 17, 1941 – September 25, 2003), was President of the Senate of Nigeria. He was sometimes referred to as Oyi of Oyi in reference to his local government council area (Oyi). He also held numerous political positions in the Nigeria government. He was known to be opposed to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party of Nigeria, which was led by President Olusẹgun Ọbasanjọ from the year 1999 – 2007.Prof. Chuba Okadigbo

Prof. Philip Emeagwali

Described as the ‘Bill Gate’ of Africa from Igbo Origin, Prof. Philip Emeagwali is the inventor of the worlds fastest processing computer.

Emeagwali ranked #1 in Greatest Minds of Computing and ranked First by Google for “contribution to the development of the computer.”Prof. Philip Emeagwali

  • “The Web owes much of its existence to Philip Emeagwali” – TIME magazine
    “A father of the Internet” – CNN
    “One of the great minds of the Information Age” – Bill Clinton (The White House)
  • Emeagwali was Voted History’s 35th Greatest African

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian novelist, nonfiction writer and short story writer. She has been called “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors [that] is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature.Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria. Her work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Granta, The O. Henry Prize Stories, the Financial Times, and Zoetrope. She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, a New York Times Notable Book, and a People and Black Issues Book Review Best Book of the Year; and the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck. Her latest novel Americanah, was published around the world in 2013, and has received numerous accolades, including winning the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and The Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction; and being named one of The New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year.

A recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, she divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (4 November 193326 November 2011was a Nigerian military officer and politician. Ojukwu served as the military governor of the Eastern region of Nigeria in 1966, the leader of the breakaway Republic of Biafra from 1967 to 1970 and a Nigerian politician from 1983 to 2011, when he died, aged 78.

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu was born on November 4, 1933 at Zungeru in northern Nigeria to Sir Louis Phillippe Odumegwu Ojukwu, a businessman from Nnewi in southeastern Nigeria. Sir Louis was into transport business; he made a wise use of the business boom during the Second World War to become one of the richest men in Nigeria when he passed in 1966. So it could be rightly said that Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu was born into wealth.


Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu

Dora Nkem Akunyili

Prof. Dora Nkem Akunyili (OFR) was Nigeria’s Honourable Minister of Information and Communications until December 16, 2010, when she resigned to seek to actualise her ambition of becoming the Senator representing Anambra Central in the National Assembly. She is an internationally renowned Pharmacist, Pharmacologist, Erudite Scholar, Seasoned Administrator, and a visionary leader. Before her appointment as a Minister on December 17, 2008, Prof. Akunyili was Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) of Nigeria. She has gained international recognition and won hundreds of awards for her work in pharmacology, public health and human rights. Born in Makurdi, Benue State of Nigeria on the 14th of July, 1954, Dora hails from Nanka and is married in Agulu, both in Anambra State of Nigeria.  Dora Nkem Akunyili

She died in an India hospital on 7 June 2014 after a battle with Cancer

 Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (born 13 June 1954) is a globally renowned Nigerian economist best known for her two terms as Finance Minister of Nigeria and for her work at the World Bank, including several years as one of its Managing Directors (October 2007 – July 2011).

In 2011, Okonjo-Iweala was reappointed as Minister of Finance with the expanded portfolio of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy by President Goodluck Jonathan. She took a lot of heat, more-so than any other government official for the unpopular fuel subsidy removal policy by the Nigerian government which led to Occupy Nigeria protests in January 2012Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Chioma Ajunwa-Opara

Chioma Ajunwa is a former athlete who specialised in long jump. After various setbacks in her career she achieved fame when she became the first female athlete in the country and in West Africa to win an Olympic gold medal in a track and field event at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

Till date, she remains Nigeria’s only individual Olympic gold medalist.

Ajunwa is also an officer with the Nigerian Police Force. In 2012, she was made the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Meran police station in Lagos.

The former athlete turned police DPO was delivered of triplets (2 boys and a girl) recently at the age of 41.

She put to birth on September, 3, 2012.


Chioma Ajunwa

Samuel “Sam” Onunaka Mbakwe

Some say he is unarguably the best governor to have govern Imo state. Samuel Mbakwe was an Igbo politician and governor of Imo State, southern Nigeria from October 1, 1979 until December 31, 1983.

Described as “controversial”, Late Mbakwe once said the following about politicians September 1995: “If you have not been in prison before, that will be your baptism and qualification. You will learn from the prison yard that not all those in detention are criminals.”

However, the love Mbakwe had for his people cannot be overlooked as he was given the nickname “the weeping governor” for crying while trying to convince the federal government to pay more attention to his state; the first occasion of his famed tears was the Ndiegoro flood in Aba, which was then a part of Imo State.

He had invited President Shehu Shagari to witness the destruction done by the floods, and it was said that he was moved to tears while conducting the president around the disaster area.

The Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, which is located in Owerri, the state capital, was renamed after him. In 1981, Sam Mbakwe set up Imo State University. The campus was located in a territory that was ceded to Abia State in 1991 and was re-christened Abia State University. However, Imo State University acquired a new campus in Owerri and still exist.


Sam Mbakwe

Mbakwe died in January 6, 2004 in Abutu, Obowo Local Government Area after a sickness which had set on in February 2002 and occurred shortly after a state-sponsored trip to Germany for treatment.



By KayCee July 25, 2015 10:22